Delhi govt moves SC, seeks direction to Haryana to release more water to crisis-hit capital

The AAP government told the top court that the water demand in Delhi has risen significantly due to heatwave conditions, and neighbouring Haryana be directed to release extra water for a month.
The Supreme Court of India premises in New Delhi.
The Supreme Court of India premises in New Delhi.FILE Photo | ANI

NEW DELHI: Amidst the serious heatwave and sweltering heat in Delhi, the AAP government on Friday knocked the doors of the Supreme Court seeking direction to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh govt for supplying more water to the national capital keeping in view the severe water woes faced by it.

The sources in the Supreme Court registry and a senior staff said that water, being an essential subject and basic need of everyone, thereby, the apex court would take up this matter very soon for hearing.

As per reports, many areas in Delhi including Chanakyapuri's Sanjay Camp, Geeta colony in East Delhi, Patel Nagar, various North and South Delhi parts, Mehrauli and Chhatarpur and others facing acute water shortages.

Many people in these areas failed to get even the minimum water, although they stood in queue to get at least a bucket of water.

In its petition, Delhi government said that the need for water for Delhi people has increased amid sweltering heat and a severe heat wave.

"Delhi's need for water has increased in the scorching heat. It is everyone's responsibility to fulfil the needs of the country's capital," the petition said.

Even the Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had ordered to impose fine of 2,000 on wastage of water and formed 200 teams to enforce the penalty on those who allegedly wastage water.

The temperatures in Delhi almost touched 50 degrees Celsius and people are unable to get any relief so far, as the South West monsoon is to hit Delhi not likely before June 20-25.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urged the BJP to ask its governments in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to provide water to the national capital for a month.

Water Minister Atishi has accused Haryana of not releasing Delhi's share of water, adding that it has created a scarcity in the capital. She noted that Delhi is dependent on the Yamuna for its entire water supply, which is released from Haryana.

The statement came after Atishi inspected one of the three water treatment plants situated in Wazirabad on Thursday.

“Today I inspected the water from the Yamuna in the Wazirabad pond. The water level should be at 674 feet. The metre shows that, on Thursday, the water level in Wazirabad pond had come down by more than 3.5 feet from normal. The water level of the Yamuna in Wazirabad is 670.3 feet. Last year, on May 30, the level was at 674.5 feet,” she had said.

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